Guest Blogger: Mrs. Kat Lents, DuJardin Fourth Grade Teacher
Today students are asked to not only understand the process of solving a math problem, but also the reasoning behind the process. In order to help students master these concepts, I began creating instructional videos for students to reference while working at home. These videos were posted onto our Google Classroom which students have access to on their Chromebooks. Students would come back to class excited that things clicked for them at home after watching the review video. I was very impressed that students began taking ownership of their own learning and even asked me when the video would be up if I hadn't been posted yet!
Now that students are more comfortable using their Chromebooks and have learned strategies to explain their thinking while solving math problems, they have become the teacher. After each lesson, a group of students creates a review video to be posted onto our Google Classroom. In these videos students not only explain how to solve the problem, but the reasoning behind what they do. They ask guiding questions to help remind classmates of each step along the way (check out the example above). In class, these students have become the "expert" on that particular topic. Students know to reference our experts when they are stuck.
It has been great watching my class teach one another. They take pride in become our resident expert and work hard to be chosen for the next lesson. Our video library is growing everyday and the class is excited to see all that they have learned this year!
--Mrs. Kat Lents, DuJardin Fourth Grade Teacher